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    Square dancing in Shangri-La
    Square dancing in Shangri-La
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    Square dancing in Shangri-La

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    Calvin Guan
    Calvin Guan
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    Every night residents of Shangri-La in southwestern Yunnan province go dancing in one of the city’s main squares.

    They perform the traditional Tibetan “Guozhuang” dance, a symbol of harmony and hospitality.

    Does the name “Shangri-La” sound familiar? 

    It’s the name of a mythical utopia in the novel and later movie Lost Horizon. It's also an international hotel chain.

    The city changed its name from Zhongdian in 2014, to promote tourism based on the mythical utopia.

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    CALVIN GUAN
    CALVIN GUAN
    Calvin is a contributor to Inkstone. He is studying for a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.

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